PRINOTH and McNeilus introduced a unique tracked concrete mixer destined for the off-road construction market. Originating from an increased demand for off-road placement of concrete, Multi Machine Inc. of New Jersey, the PRINOTH dealer for the Northeast, decided to add to their national rental fleet a concrete mixer to allow contractors access in hard-to-reach locations and provide exciting new opportunities for projects not previously accessible.
The main benefits of this collaboration are time and cost considerations. Concrete is a perishable product, so time is of the essence once you start mixing. A tracked mixer allows vehicles to quickly and easily move through soft soils or rugged terrain to get to jobsites almost or entirely inaccessible by a standard vehicle – saving time. Access to these jobsites can require a helicopter to haul and/or pour concrete, this mixer makes that cost unnecessary.
When Multi Machine received the off-road concrete mixer request, they decided to come up with a solid, reliable solution that would last and also create additional opportunities. The dealer turned to market leaders PRINOTH and McNeilus to complete this project and meet their desired goals.
Engineering teams from both companies collaborated on this unique project, each adapting their equipment to suit the application and maximize mixer capacities while maintaining stability for an off-road application.
“When I heard about the project, I immediately knew we wanted to be involved. We work hard to provide solutions to our customer’s unique situations, and our team always rises to the challenge. I knew this would be a unique project they would enjoy and would allow us to see our mixers more ‘off-road’ than ever before. We’re now ready to build more of these unique vehicles to fill this need in our industry. McNeilus has a real focus on total cost of ownership, and this product can help provide an alternative solution for our customers,” said Bryan Datema, senior director of business development of concrete mixers for McNeilus.
To achieve the appropriate levels, PRINOTH developed a special chassis while McNeilus developed a custom mixer body. The PRINOTH PANTHER T16’s dropped frame chassis was a key design element to lower the overall height of the off-road rubber tracked mixer. By reducing the overall height, the center of gravity is lower, which ensures great levels of stability and off-road performance. These modifications were necessary to allow moving the vehicle from one jobsite to another on a trailer without requiring special transportation permits.
McNeilus designed the mixer body for this special project to maximize payload and create an easy mounting process to the chassis. Specifically, special considerations were taken to customize hydraulic components and design routings to fit the new chassis. The result is a heavy-duty, 9-cu.-yd. custom McNeilus mixer body that will stand up to the environment the vehicle will operate in.